Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Favorites: Homecoming Week Edition

This week pretty much our entire small town has enjoyed Homecoming Week. Small town perks sure are sweet. =) And we always enjoy coming back from Fall Break to fun and school spirit. It just makes getting back into the swing of things a little easier and a lot more exciting. The big boys have loved participating in the fun this week! I've worked the majority of the week which means I am dragging this morning and ready to wrap it up, but other than mama's exhausted state, we've had a good week back. 

Here's a look at my faves from Homecoming Week...

*Layton and I only managed to get in 1 walk this week because of my working schedule but I'm thankful for what I can get. We even had a guest join us on our walk Monday morning. He helped warm Layton up since it was chilly and only got ran over once. =)

*Halloween books while we wait in the car rider line are always a favorite!

*I've been re-reading this lots this week. I'm not sure if I've shared it before or not but WOW. #speakingdirectlytome 

*Wacky Day for the big boys! This was all we could come up with. Ha. I was super impressed with all the students I saw who were so creative, tacky, and wacky!

*Layton and I enjoyed our library time this week. I love and savor my time at home with him. 

*Game Night this week involved all the boys in the fam heading to the backyard for football while mama cleaned up the kitchen after supper. It wasn't a traditional family game night but sometimes you just have to be flexible and go with it. The boys (all of them) absolutely LOVED it.

I loved my view. Even if Layton did decide to do his own thing. He was outside with daddy and his brothers so he was happy. =)

*Twin Day!! We have twin/triplet day quite a bit around here because I love matching oh so much, but for Homecoming Week they dressed similar to each other, daddy, and a classmate. =) 

*Layton has enjoyed his extra time at Granna's and Papa's this week!

*And of course play time with Piper... especially driving Baby Girl around in the jeep. =)


*Last night Terrell and Garrison has soccer practice so I was able to hang out with my littles. Halloween bedtime books together in Layton's room was a hit. And yes, Layton has discovered wearing a hat backwards. Ha. #Hewantstosleepinit

Favorite Read of the Week: The Scandal of Election 2016. This is so good and such a great/huge/timely reminder for us as Christians. If you need some encouragement about the election, this it it. 

This week has a been a fun one but also pretty draining for this mama. TGIF!! =) This afternoon our big boys have their very first official (and separate) play dates. One here, one away. I think it's going to be tons  of fun for both of them and that this is probably the beginning of play dates galore. Haha. Tomorrow morning we have soccer games bright early and tomorrow afternoon we have family pictures! And we're so thankful for the cold front given we'll be dressed in Fall/Winter attire! We are soo looking forward to our extra time together and days off this weekend. Happy Friday!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Weekend Recap: Fall Break Wrap Up

We enjoyed our weekend and wrap up to Fall Break to the fullest. Our week off sure was needed and appreciated by the Selph fam!! It wasn't perfect around here all week long because TERRIBLE TWOS (ahhhhhh) plus brothers fighting and getting in trouble (big sigh), but it was overall wonderful and awesome.  

Thursday night my mother-in-law snapped this picture of me and my boys. They were super sweet to me throughout all of my birthday celebrations. Garrison even said the full moon was for me and my birthday. =)

Friday morning we slept late and took our time getting ready before heading to the Georgia Aquarium! We stopped at CFA for lunch on our way and then spent the whole afternoon doing just about everything the aquarium had to offer. We had such a great time together.

I love Layton watching the fish. =)

The sea lions were a favorite yet again, and this time we even went to their show. A part of me wants one for a pet now. #adorableness

They were all decorated for Halloween which was a fun treat for us.

We love the beluga whales! I still think dolphins are my favorite, but the beluga whales are a close 2nd. We were actually able to go to the dolphin show this trip. It was definitely the most stressful thing we did while we were there because Layton was a huge handful and Austin almost had a panic attack waiting for it to start (sobbing crying begging to leave) BUT it wasn't scary or too loud or even the same show Austin was afraid of, so we all ended up loving it. YAY. That was a close one... that almost wasn't worth it and almost scarred our middle. Gracious.

Annnnd, by the time we wrapped up our visit everyone was tired and hungry and only 1 photogenic child remained. Hahaha. 

We loved our special field trip with daddy and especially loved going to all the shows and really taking our time. The 4-D version of Happy Feet was a huge hit for everybody! After leaving we stopped for Steak n Shake for supper and arrived home just in time for bedtime. It was one of my favorite family days ever. 

Saturday morning we slept late again... late being 7ish, and then these 3 had the BEST morning together. I'm talking played with hotwheels for an hour and then colored at the table together for over half an hour. It was a wonderful Saturday morning around here!

Once we finally got ready for the day... this happened!! Garrison Cade lost his first tooth on top! I love his new smile. =)

Saturday morning I went grocery shopping solo (#it'sthelittlethings) while Terrell and my dad pressure washed our house. They did a GREAT job and I'm loving my bright white porch and rocking chairs!! 

We stayed in the rest of the day Saturday and the boys played outside almost all day long. They've even discovered backyard football now. Being a boy mom is so fun. #andhard

Saturday night while all the boys took showers/baths, I started my baking for Sunday School. Our class is super spoiled with brunch every single Sunday and this Sunday it was my turn to bring the goodies. Cinnamon crumb cake is a big time fave at our house. The boys have requested I make it just for them next time. =)

Sunday morning was busy with more SS food prep and getting everyone ready on time, but the highlight was Garrison's tooth fairy money. He brought his pillow downstairs so he could check it with the whole family. He is so thoughtful. 

He's now weighing his options and trying to decide what to do with his 2 whole dollars. Ice cream at school? Hotwheels? Lollipops at school? The choices are almost endless. =) (Austin can't wait to lose some teeth now!)

Ready for church with my 4 handsome guys!

Right after church the big boys and I went to a fun birthday party together. It was a Star Wars theme and Megan had the cutest party favors!! Pool noodles turned Lightsabers! 

The boys had a blast and we loved celebrating the first friend in Garrison's class to turn 8. How can they be turning 8 this school year?!? Waaaaaahhhh!! The 8th birthday is going to get me. I can already feel it. 

Post-party Sunday afternoon was all about the Falcons who should have WON by the way. Or at least had an opportunity to try. Shame on that official for missing the terrible, awful pass interference on our Julio Jones. SHAME. We were so disappointed but had to set a good example because little eyes and ears. Garrison was ready to cry and Austin was ready to throw something but we moved on as best we could. *Sigh*

I made lunches, the boys took baths, and we managed to salvage our evening with bedtime stories and Homecoming Week anticipation. Plus I especially enjoyed our newest Halloween decoration. Garrison made it at school before the break and just found the perfect spot for it. =)

We had a great long weekend with daddy to wrap up the break! This week we're back to our regular schedule and enjoying Homecoming Week fun while counting down to Halloween! October is such a fun month. We might be living at the soccer fields this week and a little worn out from getting back into the swing of things but we are enjoying all things October and soaking up FALL. =)

Happy Tuesday!! 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Favorites: Fall Break Edition!

We have had such a fun Fall Break!!! The weather has been awesome, we've had the perfect mix of time at home and time away, and we have sooo enjoyed the break from school, homework, soccer, making lunches, busyness, and exhaustion! We are still savoring every minute and so thankful for our week off!!

Here's a recap of my faves from our Fall Break...

*Terrell asked me out on a date Friday night for my birthday (love him!!) and I actually felt well enough to go out! Yay!! We had a great night out and I loved getting to celebrate with my favorite person. Big thanks to Nana and Pops who braved the sickies to keep our kiddos for the evening!! 

*Saturday night after our trip to the pumpkin patch my parents took out the whole family to celebrate me. =) It was a really fun night filled with lots of laughter and good food... that we were ALL able to enjoy. Phew. Haha. And of course the birthday song, candles, cookie cake, and ice cream were a huge hit for these 3 back at Granna and Papa's. 

*It's Monday and it's Fall Break!! =)

*The boys and I enjoyed lots of time outside this week. It was heavenly. They played soccer, played on the playground, and put 2,437 miles on their jeeps. Or something close. Ha. Layton even became a driver this week!

*We stole an idea from Lauren and made caramel apple bites for a snack one afternoon! 

*Garrison was the biggest fan and this is how his turned out. =) Austin and Layton aren't huge caramel fans so they went with more marshmallows and mini m & m's than caramel. BUT, Layton now likes real apples! He's always loved the freeze dried version but he'll eat a regular one now too!!

*These 3 spent Tuesday morning at Nana's house while I went shopping for family pics. They had a ball! Sadly, I was not able to fully enjoy my solo shopping trip thanks to no stores having what we needed for coordinating outfits! Ahhhhh. It was a frustrating trip but *hopefully* we'll be picture ready next weekend!

*Granna and Papa took us to the state fair this week! It was the boys' first trip ever and my first trip in years. We had so much fun! The animals were a big favorite and a great start to our visit. 

*I think we were all partial to the rabbits. So adorable!

*Layton LOVED the tractors and declared I cut grass as soon as he climbed aboard. Hahaha. 

*3 tractors for 3 boys. =)

*Ready to experience more fair fun with lots of rides!!

*But first the big boys talked Granna into the trampoline jump. =)

*This was a pretty big deal for Austin but he went for it without batting an eye. They both loved it!

*Garrison and Papa even rode a roller coaster. It was so fun for my biggest!

*We wrapped up our day at the fair with all 3 boys on the same ride in the same seat. =)

*By the time we left, the boys had been on lots of rides and we were all hot, tired, and gross, ha, but we had such a fun time and loved our fair experience! The boys have already asked when we can go back. =) Huge thanks to Granna and Papa for all of our fair fun!!

*Yesterday afternoon the boys painted their mini pumpkins. We did this last year too and I think a new tradition has been born. =) They love it. 

*Concentration faces on cute boys are my favorite....

*The final product last night after they finally dried. Left to right: Garrison, Austin, Layton. =)

*And another view... Garrison did multiple faces on his pumpkin and Austin and Layton just went freestyle. (And please take note that the stems were all painted as well.)

*Ready to celebrate mama's birthday again! I am so blessed with these cuties!! Last night my in-laws took us out to celebrate with Mexican and fro-yo. We had a great time and I'm so excited about all my goodies. Both sides of the family and all my guys have been super sweet and made this birthday a special one. 33 started off a little rough but just got better and better. =)

Today, Terrell has the day off and we're continuing our Fall Break fun! We're going to soak up our long weekend and enjoy the rest of our time off to the fullest. =) Happy Friday!